Mercyhurst announces Distinguished Alumni, Hall of Fame inductees for 2023

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

mercyhurst gatesMercyhurst University will honor four graduates as Distinguished Alumni and induct seven former student-athletes and one team into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 10, as part of Reunion Weekend festivities.

“We look forward to honoring a new slate of distinguished alumni and Hall of Fame honorees every year,” said Advancement Director Lindsay Frank. “This year’s group is nothing short of spectacular. They have all made important contributions but, most of all, they have made Mercyhurst proud.”

  • Distinguished Alumni Award for service to the community will be presented to: Margaret "Peg" (Hock) Heetmann '65
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for service in a chosen field will go to: Andrea (Hashim) Hansen '04
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for service to Mercyhurst: Sister Mary Ann Bader, RSM, '73
  • Young Alumni Award: Jo (Alspaugh) Theisen '08

Additions to the Athletics Hall of Fame include:

  • 2009 Women’s Rowing Team
  • Christine Bestland ’14 for Hockey
  • Willie Bohince ’17 for Wrestling
  • Sam (Eimers) Bailey ’10 for Softball
  • Trevor Kennedy ’13 for Football
  • Luis Leao ’13 for Basketball
  • Jenna Matson ’09 for Volleyball
  • Ben Rawding ’14 for Baseball

Registration for Reunion Weekend opens in March. For more information, contact